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SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

SpaceX, the American aerospace company founded by businessman Elon Musk, made history recently by launching the Inspiration4 mission with the world’s first all-civilian crew into space. 

The four amateur astronauts are travelling to an altitude of 357 miles (575 kilometres) above the surface of the Earth, which is much further and deeper into space than the International Space Station (ISS), in the private flight that will encircle the Earth for three days.

Key Highlights

  • The event generated great interest across the world since it is expected to pave a new era of human spaceflight for average people, rather than just government-sponsored astronauts.
  • The SpaceX flight was powered by the Falcon 9 rocket, which took the Crew Dragon capsule carrying the civilians roaring into space. The launch took place from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida, where the Apollo 11 mission once took off for the Moon.
  • The SpaceX Dragon capsule separated from the second stage of a Falcon 9 rocket 12 minutes after liftoff, and the aerospace company informed that the civilian crew had successfully been launched into orbit.
  • The trip is being sponsored by Jared Isaacman, a 38-year-old billionaire and philanthropist with pilot training. He is the mission commander of the spaceflight, having chosen the rest of the crew himself through a competition.
  • Isaacman is joined in the SpaceX mission by Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old pediatric cancer survivor who works as a physician assistant. She is also the first person to fly to space with a prosthetic device
  • Chris Sembroski, a US Air Force veteran who now works as an aerospace data engineer for Lockheed Martin in Seattle is also part of the crew.

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

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